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IN THIS ISSUE

MDNA News
  • Auction
  • MDNA Convention 2014
  • James Bowman joins LOCATOR
  • Chapter Meetings
  • Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund
  • Premier Vendors
  • Wants For Sale
  • Member News
  • Calendar of Events



  • Industry News
  • US manufacturers say skills gap could compromise competitiveness
  • Natural gas boom attracting manufacturing to the US from overseas to take advantage of cheaper fuel, feedstock
  • How the 'Internet of Things' continues to transform the industrial sector
  • TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer offers 3 key tips for entrepreneurs
  • A 3-D printing startup's plan to bring manufacturing back to cities
  • Manufacturing jobs keep coming back
  • The 10 commandments of employee onboarding
  • 7 deadly financial sins of small businesses
  • Call for contributors



  •  MDNA News

    AUCTION
    MDNA Member's Only

    We are pleased to announce the next dates for the Members Only MDNA Online Auction Service. This is a great new tool that has been revamped to help you sell your inventory and consignment machinery. Learn More and how to Participate Here
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    MDNA CONVENTION 2014
    See What You Missed.

    What a success! MDNA members have now enjoyed our 73rd Annual Convention & Business Meeting, and the event is getting rave reviews.
    Get presentations on Trucking 101, Learn Equipment Valuation, Social Media for Business, Networking and the Photos you must see! See it all Here

    MDNA Members: For additional unpublished photos or to order prints from the Award Ceremony please log in to the back office.
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    James Bowman joins
    LOCATOR


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — LOCATOR Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that James "Jim" Bowman has recently joined the company as our new Sales and Account Manager of products & services, including proprietary Customer & Inventory Management System, electronic marketing products and machinery listing products. Read Full Story Here

    To discuss optimizing your business opportunities contact: James Bowman (Direct) 703-683-5957
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    CHAPTER MEETINGS

    All members are encouraged to attend Chapter meetings and are invited to attend not only local meetings but any chapter meeting or event of interest when convenient. The following are upcoming Chapter events that are scheduled. Click on the chapter meeting for more details:

    Detroit/Toledo Chapter Meeting — May 22nd
    Milwaukee/Minneapolis Chapter Meeting — June 5th
    Detroit/Toledo Golf Outing — July 15th
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    Austin D. Lucas
    Scholarship Fund


    2014-2015 Scholarship Application -
    Cutoff date is May 15th


    The Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund was created as a benefit to children of MDNA member firm employees. The scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year have been mailed. Completed applications must be received by May 15, 2014, at the MDNA headquarters for consideration for the following Fall Semester.
    Get the 2014-2015 Scholarship Applications here.
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    Premier Vendors

    The Premier Vendor networking and marketing program is designed to strengthen and broaden the relationships between MDNA Members and our key industry supporting vendors.

    The MDNA is excited to welcome the three newest Premier Vendors approved at the MDNA Convention:

    Advanced Transportation
    Address: PO Box 4547, Medford, OR 97504
    Phone: 541-770-1525 or 888-857-1817
    Email: chad@advancedinc.net
    Website: www.advancedinc.net
    Principal(s): Kent Huntoon and Jeff Huntoon
    Established: 2006
    Name of Customer Contact: Chad A. Warren
    Phone: 541-770-1255 (O) or 541-951-8905 (Cell)
    Sponsors: Scott Machinery & Supply Inc.; Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery, Inc.
    General Description of Business:
    Specializing in hauling machinery and heavy equipment, including oversized and over dimensional loads, L&L and Van Freight. We are committed to providing excellent service at a competitive price.

    Convoy Logistics Providers Ltd.
    Address: 482 South Service Road East, Suite 117, Oakville, ON L6J 2X6
    Phone: 416-621-1519
    Email: donaa@convoylogistics.ca
    Website: www.convoylogistics.ca
    Principal(s): Dona Asciak
    Established: 2002
    Name of Customer Contact: Patrick Hinton
    Phone: 416-642-7582
    Email: patrickh@convoylogistics.ca
    Sponsors: Strategic Solutions for Industry LLC and DiPaolo Machine Tools Limited General Description of Business: CLP is a Canadian corporation providing project logistics and freight forwarding solutions with the approach to building long lasting customer relationships based on providing continuous innovative logistics solutions with confidence and proven reliability. In this niche market, client services include the full scope of project logistics and freight forwarding services, ranging from feasibility studies to plant relocation and full turnkey offerings such as project management, ground/rail/rigging/packaging, port and vessel chartering to name a few. Since its founding in 2002 CLP has been involved in a diverse number of projects globally with the ability to mobilize to any client site of facility and provide logistics services to and/or from any origin/destination globally.

    Whitacre Logistics Services, LLC
    Address: 12602 S. Dixie Highway, Portage, OH 43451
    Phone: 266-711-1390
    Email: logistics@whitacrelogistics.com
    Website: www.whitacrelogistics.com
    Year Established: 2008
    Name of Principal(s) or Owner(s): Gary Whitacre
    Name of Active Manager: Bob Gergich
    Name of Customer Contact: Bob Gergich
    Phone: 419-686-0055 or 866-711-1390 x102
    Email: bgergich@whitacrelogistics.com
    Sponsor: Yoder Machinery Co., and C. W. Wood Machinery Inc.
    General Description of Business:
    Full service logistics company offering flat, step-deck and double drop. Capable of handling over width and overweight shipments across the United States and Canada.

    See the Premier Vendor Application.
    To Learn More about becoming one please visit us here.
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    Wants For Sale

    April Board Meeting — January 24th
    See the Wants & For Sale here
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    Member News

    Harris Rosenblad son of Lance and Terra Rosenblad and grandson of Jean and Jeannine Harris of Harris Machine Tools, Inc. is in the news for his outstanding accomplishments in a different type of manufacturing. He and the other members of his Houston school's sophomore rocketry team have been chosen to represent their school and the city of Houston at a national rocket competition. They will construct and launch their entry, competing against 99 other teams from around the country. Jean, Jeannine, Terra and Lance could not be more proud or shall we say "are soaring high with pride." Check out the story from local news KHOU in Houston Texas.
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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS


    Date Event Location
    May 22 Detroit/Toledo Chapter Meeting, Pneumatic Feed Service/CHS Automation
    Roseville, MI
    May 7 Cleveland Chapter Meeting
    Shula’s2, Independence, OH
    June 5 Milwaukee/Minneapolis Chapter Meeting, Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery, Inc.,
    Waukesha, WI
    July 15 DETROIT/TOLEDO CHAPTER Annual Golf Outing R & S Sharf Golf Course, Oakland University Campus, Rochester Michigan
    Sept. 7-9 MDNA/Locator Services, Inc./AMEA/Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund Meetings
    Radisson Blue Aqua Chicago, IL
    Sept. 8-13 IMTS 2014 McCormick Place, Chicago, IL


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    AUCTION
    MDNA Member's Only
    We are pleased to announce the next dates for the Members Only MDNA Online Auction Service. This is a great new tool that has been revamped to help you sell your inventory and consignment machinery.

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    In manufacturing, the US is surprisingly competitive
    Money Business Life Network
    Forget what you think you know about high-cost and low-cost countries for manufacturing because there's been a dramatic shakeup over the past decade. According to a report by Boston Consulting Group, the U.S. has shot up the ranks of competitiveness, while Brazil has foundered badly.

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    5 commandments every business owner — and self-employed professional — should live by
    Yahoo
    Love him or hate him, Robert Kyosaki's cash flow quadrant is nothing short of a stroke of pure genius when describing the difference between the self-employed and the business owner. However, there is example upon pointed example of the self-employed confusing themselves with business owners.

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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    US manufacturers say skills gap could compromise competitiveness
    U.S. News & World Report
    American manufacturers are increasingly finding that prospective workers do not have the skill set required to perform necessary job functions, such as basic math and computer abilities. The so-called "skills gap," if unresolved, could compromise manufacturers' ability to stay competitive, according to some industry leaders. The cause of the gap is multifaceted.
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    Natural gas boom attracting manufacturing to the US from overseas to take advantage of cheaper fuel, feedstock
    International Business Times
    In the wake of the American shale gas boom and the resulting cheaper power, U.S. manufacturers have been moving their work back home from overseas, and now foreign manufacturers, especially from Europe, are moving their facilities to the U.S.
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    How the 'Internet of Things' continues to transform the industrial sector
    Manufacturing.net
    When it comes to breaking down the multi-faceted components, resources and benefits the Internet of Things encompasses, its portrait offers an intriguing display of opportunity, investment and concern. IoT's surge into the everyday lives of nearly every person on the planet obviously represents significant social and cultural change, with its impact being felt in numerous areas. For the purposes of this article, we're going to stay focused on how the IoT will specifically impact manufacturing.
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    TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer offers 3 key tips for entrepreneurs
    Marc Wayshak
    As I sit across the table from Stephen Kaufer, I sense a mind that moves at light speed. Beneath his calm demeanor, it's clear that Kaufer is constantly planning ahead. And it's not hard to see why: His company — the world's largest online travel website — gives him plenty to think about. Kaufer is the founder and CEO of Newton, Mass.-based TripAdvisor, which grossed $944 million last year. While the company's success is obvious, the online market is competitive and rapidly changing. Kaufer is always thinking about how his company can stay ahead of the game.
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    A 3-D printing startup's plan to bring manufacturing back to cities
    Wired
    Today, Shapeways may be nothing more than a company that uses 3-D printers to help designers create quirky figurines and modernist jewelry. But according to founder and CEO Peter Weijmarshausen, the longterm goal for the New York City-based outfit is to bring manufacturing back to America's cities.
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    Manufacturing jobs keep coming back
    Design News
    The return of manufacturing jobs to the US is a small but growing trend. Using the term "reshoring" to describe the phenomenon, the Reshoring Initiative has been busy promoting the return of manufacturing to the US. More than 80,000 manufacturing jobs have been returned to the US since the reshoring trend started to gain momentum three years ago. The industries that have returned manufacturing jobs generally produce large, heavy products such as appliances; 61 percent of the reshored jobs have returned from China.
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    The 10 commandments of employee onboarding
    Mel Kleiman
    It's important for businesses remain focused, dedicated and committed to hiring the best and giving them an outstanding onboarding process that builds lasting relationships. If you follow these commandments, your organization will become just that — the best. First off, tell every promising applicant not only what's wonderful about the job and the company, but also about what is challenging. This way, neither you nor your new hire will face an unpleasant surprise.
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    7 deadly financial sins of small businesses
    Entrepreneur
    This year's tax season has finally been put to bed. And many people — both small-business owners and consumers — are breathing a collective sigh of relief. However, there is a fundamental difference between business and personal finances when it comes to taxes. While the "average Joe" may not have to worry about taxes again until next year, "Joe the small-business owner" needs to start thinking about his next quarterly tax filing now. Yes, for the small business owner, the taxman cometh four times a year.
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    Call for contributors
    MultiBriefs
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of the MDNA BiWeekly, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of MDNA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there’s no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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